I'm happy to announce that I'm now just the TPF
A couple of weeks ago, the TPF Steering Committee elected Richard Dice to serve as the new committee chairman. He now has the fun and exciting job of coordinating the day-to-day activities of the Steering Committee, keeping tabs on all the little details, making sure that the right people over here talk to the right people over there, and generally making sure Stuff Gets Done. Richard recently organized the very successful Toronto YAPC, so he's got lots of experience gently-but-firmly guiding difficult tasks to completion. Much thanks to Richard for stepping into this role; we're in good hands.
Andy Lester (a.k.a. petdance) was kind enough to drive the five hours down from Chicago to speak with the St. Louis Perl Mongers tonight. He came prepared to talk about any of his perennial topics -- testing, estimation, building CPAN modules, Mech, Quinn -- and allowed the crowd to select the presentation. We selected "The A-Z Guide To Becoming a CPAN Author," but it was really more of a starting point; the discussion roamed freely among lots of other subjects as well.
A small group of us went out for dinner and drinks after the meeting, where Andy and I waxed rhapsodic about the wonders of test-driven development, continuous integration, source control... you know, all the good stuff that too few people use. It was a very good time, and a nice way to re-launch the local PM group. Here's hoping next month and the months to come are just as successful.
After many years of poorly-concealed lust and envy, I finally have a shiny new PowerBook. I've worked my way through the setup and registration, and I've tweaked a few preferences here and there, but it's still in a very vanilla state at the moment.
So hook me up -- what do you hardcore Mac OS X folks recommend to get this machine ready for serious work, Perl and otherwise?
From a recent posting to jobs.perl.org:
Developer with extensive knowledge of PERL and ability to code 7.5K to 10K lines per day
Here's what happens when Lindsey asks her programmer dad to make origami animals with her.